Ethical purchasing can be defined as the practice of buying products and services produced in a way that minimizes social and/or environmental damage, whilst avoiding products and services that have a negative impact (Centre for Global Education & WISE, n.d).
Fairtrade also falls into Sustainable Procurement. Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a fair price for the ingredients they produce that support the Fairtrade regulations. These include making sure the farmers meet the social, ethical, economic, and environmental standards. The international Fairtrade system represents the world's largest and most recognized fair trade system (Fairtrade Canada, 2020).
Areas of Interest:
Labour and Human rights
What is Humber doing:
Both Humber North and Lakeshore campuses are Fairtrade Certified. Humber was the first campus college in Ontario to have multiple campuses Fairtrade Certified
Incorporating sustainability principles, social responsibility and fair labour practices into Humber’s purchasing process is a key component of Humber's Sustainability Plan. Learn more about ethical purchasing at Humber here.